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Writer, activist, and artist Fay Onyx reads fairy tales, romances, and adventures written from an intersectional social-justice perspective, followed by discussion and insightful commentary with a diverse range of guests. Step outside the oppressive grind of the everyday world with… Writing Alchemy.

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New Project

Unfamiliar Heroes is a podcast series in which three disabled and/or chronically ill players and a game master will play story-focused tabletop role-playing games in which all of the player characters have disabilities and/or chronic illnesses. Each game will be a one shot that will be recorded in one to four sessions and then broken into multiple podcast episodes. For the moment, Unfamiliar Heroes will be released as episodes of my Writing Alchemy podcast. The first game episode of Unfamiliar Heroes has just been released.

Find out more about Unfamiliar Heroes here!

 

Tala stands holding a sheet of parchment with blurry numbers on it. Across from her Death, depicted as older woman with white hair, sits on a bed with her scythe casually draped over her shoulder. In the background is a fireplace with a golden fire burning in it. Illustration by Majin Roses.

Tala stands holding a sheet of parchment with blurry numbers on it. Across from her Death, depicted as older woman with white hair, sits on a bed with her scythe casually draped over her shoulder. In the background is a fireplace with a golden fire burning in it. Illustration by Majin Roses.

 

Episodes:

Episodes Page with Full Summaries!

Episode 1 – “Tala and Death’s Embrace” with Guest Tobi Hill-Meyer

Tala and Death’s Embrace: Tala’s friend is gravely ill. To save her friend’s life, trickster Tala matches wits with Death in a series of over-the-top hijinks which culminate in a final confrontation with a sexy twist. Find out what it takes to save her friend’s life!

Episode 2 – “Tala and Godmother Death” Part 1 with Guest Liz Cruz

Episode 3 – “Tala and Godmother Death” Part 2 with Guest Tobi Hill-Meyer

Tala and Godmother Death: Inspired by the Grimms’ fairy tale “Godfather Death,” this story follows Death’s three godchildren and explores what happens when the most selfish and clever one comes across the trickster Tala.

Episode 4 – “Tala and Prince Hart” Part 1 with Guest Jessica Miriam Littenberg

Episode 5 – “Tala and Prince Hart” Part 2 with Guest Gina de Vries

Episode 6 – “Tala and Prince Hart” Part 3 with Guest Oblio Stroyman

Tala and Prince Hart: Prince Hart is asexual, but his parents and many suitors are having a hard time accepting that. When the trickster Tala decides to come to his aid, chaos naturally ensues in this exuberant story that is a playful response to the all too common romanticization of boundary-crossing behaviors!

Episode 7 – Self-love Special Part 1 with Collaborator Liz Cruz

Episode 8 – Self-love Special Part 2 with Collaborator Liz Cruz

A workshop-style collaboration that explores barriers to self-love and self-love practices as experienced by people living at the intersections of oppression. For episode 7 Liz and Fay are joined by Tobi Hill-Meyer, who reads her erotic story, “Self Reflection,” which explores the themes of self-love and self-talk in a rather surprising way. For episode 8 Jessica Littenburg reads her poem “Healing Is” which is about finding tools for dealing with chronic illness, Ryannah Quigley shares her inspirational experiences as a plus-sized trans woman of color working on the film project hashtag body beautiful, and the band Bicycle Face shares two children’s songs which combine fun and silliness with some important messages about self-love.

Episode 9 – “Dangerous Company” Part 1 with Guest Tobi Hill-Meyer

Episode 10 – “Dangerous Company” Part 2 with Guest Lara Milton

Episode 11 – “Dangerous Company” Part 3 with Guest Bex Shea

Dangerous Company: The last five dragon slayers died. Kalla is good at solving problems, but her skills will be tested as she embarks on her journey with the very dragon she is expected to kill disguised as her guide. Some interesting surprises are just around the corner…

Episode 12 – Contemporary Lesbian Romance by Yolanda Wallace

In this romance-themed interlude episode, Yolanda Wallace reads from her contemporary lesbian romance 21 Questions.

Episode 13 – Intersections with Kristina Gibbs-Ruby

This interlude episode is all about intersections, with a focus on fatness, disability, gender, and queer identity. Guest Kristina Gibbs-Ruby reads a powerful spoken word piece about bullying and fatphobia while Fay reads hir popular article, “Why Having Conditional Privilege Is Not the Same as Simply Being Privileged,” which delves into the complexity of invisible identities, privilege, oppression, gatekeeping, and the struggle to be recognized as real through hir personal experiences.

Episode 14 – The Wishing Dildo Series #1 with Lector Morales

Episode 14b – Art, Activism, and Disability with Lector Morales

Episode 15 – The Wishing Dildo Series #2 with Vee Chattie

Episode 15b – Sex Work Myth and Reality with Vee Chattie

Episode 16 – The Wishing Dildo Series #3 with Kathleen Lamothe

Episode 16b – Diverse Minds with Kathleen Lamothe

Episode 17 – The Wishing Dildo Series #4 with billie rain

Episode 17b – Chronic Illness with billie rain

The Wishing Dildo Part 1: It is said that the Wishing Dildo can grant any wish relating to sexuality or fertility, as long as that wish is consensual. Prince Hart sure hopes that is true as he and his friend, trickster Tala, embark on a quest for it. As they travel, they soon discover that sometimes the greatest adventure is the people you meet along the way.

Episode 18 – The Foundations and Ground Rules for Unfamiliar Heroes

Unfamiliar Heroes is a podcast series in which three disabled, neurodiverse, and/or chronically ill players and a game master play story-focused tabletop role-playing games where all of the player characters have disabilities, diverse minds, and/or chronic illnesses. In its core values, this project centers the experiences of people living at the intersections of oppression. Unfamiliar Heroes is part of the Writing Alchemy Podcast.

Episode 19 – Welcome to the First Responders Training Program Part 1

Episode 20 – Welcome to the First Responders Training Program Part 2

Episode 21 – Welcome to the First Responders Training Program Part 3

Episode 22 – Welcome to the First Responders Training Program Part 4

Episode 23 – Welcome to the First Responders Training Program Part 5

Underneath the facade of ordinary reality lies a hidden world of monsters and magic. At Sylvan Community College a secret program teaches supernatural teens to deal with this dangerous world as they struggle with the mess and confusion of their own lives. Welcome to the First Responders Training Program, a tabletop game using the Monsterhearts 2 role-playing system!

Episode 24 –Terrible Lyrics to Brighten Your Day

This second anniversary special episode includes behind the scenes updates, outtakes, and six very silly bad poems that were composed for a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Vogon poetry competition in which the goal was to make poems that were as terrible (and funny) as possible.

Episode 25 – Cat’s Paw Ghost Control Adventure 1: The Lederhosen Sprites

Tabitha the space alien cat, Jake the fake TV psychic, and Lalla the plant talker botanist are the paranormal detectives of Cat’s Paw Ghost Control. Join them as they solve supernatural problems with cat-themed technology, a shady network of contacts, and plant power in a tabletop game that uses the InSpectres role-playing system!

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Podcast Description

In this podcast I read from my fictional work, currently my humorous trickster-focused Tala fairy tales, which I have created with a strong social-justice ethic that centers intersectional characters (my goals and approach to tacking oppression). Music and sound effects are added to enhance the story-telling.

Podcast discussions are designed to add richness to the stories and cover important social-justice issues. They cover a wide range of topics, such as the depiction of trans characters in media, the original fairy tale and historic sources for specific story ideas I’ve used, commonly used racist and ableist metaphors, and the power of art to connect to common human experiences.

Future discussion topics include unexpected things I have learned about fairy tale language structure, racism in the fantasy genre, my experiments in using dice to enhance world and character creation, and the reason I choose to eliminate sexism and homophobia in my world. These discussions may include topics covered in the discussion materials that I post with each story, but the podcast discussions will be unique.

 

Podcast Schedule

The current release schedule is one episode every three weeks on a Thursday. Over the course of the listed episodes, stories are read in their entirety and games are released in their entirety:

Episodes 25 & 26: Cat’s Paw Ghost Control (using the InSpectres game system)

  • Episode 25 has been released
  • Episode 26 is scheduled for release Thursday, November 30th

Episodes 27 & 28: The Renegade Ship (using the Lasers and Feelings game system)

  • Scheduled for release on Thursday, December 21st and Thursday, January 11th

Episodes 29 & 30: The Owlbear Reintroduction Program (using the Magic Goes Awry game system)

  • Scheduled for release starting Thursday, February 1st

After that will come part 2 of “The Wishing Dildo,” then several more Unfamiliar Heroes games, next will come part 3 of “The Wishing Dildo,” and so on. At some point there may be a more dramatic story, “The Rabbit, the Leopard, and the Fox,” and the beginning of my fairy tale novel.

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